The sociology-anthropology major is suited for you if you are interested in explaining and understanding how society is organized, the origins and development of social institutions, social change, social organizations, race, class, gender, and culture. Courses incorporate topics such as politics, economics, gender, religion, health, language, and the environment. Numerous research opportunities and study abroad programs led by Millsaps professors offer opportunities to travel to Mexico, China, Tanzania, and other countries. You can major in sociology-anthropology with a concentration in anthropology or a concentration in sociology. You may also opt to major in sociology-anthropology and complete a concentration in sociology-anthropology.

We also offer minors in sociology, anthropology, and archaeology. If you minor in sociology, you will study human behavior in a variety of situations and under varying circumstances. You will examine the breadth of human lives, including topics such as politics, economics, gender, and religion, in an attempt to make sense out of human history and human endeavors. You will work with the Millsaps Sociology-Anthropology Department faculty members, who provide excellent research opportunities and study-abroad programs. Our faculty members actively involve you in their own research, offering hands-on training that is available at very few colleges and universities.

If you minor in anthropology, you will study human beings and their ancestors, with classes incorporating the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Anthropology encompasses many interests, and you may select courses such as Religion, Society, and Culture, Urban Life, Non-Western Societies, and Social and Cultural Theory. A minor in archaeology will involve detailed studies of past civilizations, including how they ate, thought, built, and operated as a society. Both minors nurture skills in cross-cultural awareness, critical thinking and analysis, teamwork, and communication.

  • Veronique Belisle

    Véronique Bélisle

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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    B.S., Université de Montréal; Ph.D., University of Michigan

    "Interacting with each and every student is one of my most rewarding experiences, and I am excited to teach anthropology and archaeology at Millsaps. I teach in the classroom but also across the street and around the globe, and I take every opportunity to include hands-on activities and go on field trips with students. We visit archaeological sites around Mississippi, take a tour at a plantation, or participate in an archaeological excavation in Peru where I conduct research.

    "My first anthropology class at the Université de Montréal, where I did my undergrad, was an eye-opener; it exposed me to the cultures, beliefs, customs, languages, and origins of different human populations around the world. I try to provide the same experience for my students because I think that an informed appreciation and understanding of other cultures – past and present – is fundamental in our contemporary globalized world. In the classroom and in the field, I hope to open the students’ mind to practices and customs that may be different from their own.

    "As an anthropological archaeologist I am interested in the impact of expansionist states and empires on the daily lives of the members of local communities. I have been exploring this theme in the Andes of South America since 1999. My current research takes place in Cusco in the southern highlands of Peru. Cusco was the capital of the Inka empire, but it is also a key location for understanding the expansion of the earlier Wari state. Wari colonists migrated to the area and constructed large settlements during a period spanning from AD 600 to 1000. Most research in Cusco has focused on these large Wari installations, leading many scholars to conclude that Wari administrators established direct imperial control over the region. My research takes a complementary “bottom-up” approach and documents how local communities experienced Wari state expansion and how exchange with Wari colonists and others contributed to increasing social inequality in the region. So far, results show that daily life was little affected by Wari presence, although it provided new opportunities that local leaders used to enhance their own prestige. During the summers I invite students to participate in my research project in Peru. We excavate at the archaeological site of Ak’awillay near the city of Cusco and do lab work to inventory our findings. Cusco is famous for its many touristic attractions including the large Inka site of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and its friendly people, good food, and fabulous landscapes. Throughout the summer students gain hands-on experience in archaeology, discover many facets of Peruvian culture, and even learn a few phrases in Spanish. It is a unique experience studying and living abroad."

  • George James Bey III

    George James Bey III

    Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Chisholm Foundation Chair of Arts and Sciences

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    B.A., University of New Mexico; M.A., Ph.D., Tulane University

    With Dr. George Bey, not only do you have the opportunity to study the ancient Maya on campus, but you can actually explore the ruins of this past civilization at our own archaeological project in Yucatan. As his archaeology student, you will discuss the latest theories on the rise and fall of this civilization, work with millennium old artifacts in our on-campus laboratory, and excavate the temples and palaces of a civilization that rivaled that of the Greeks or Egyptians. Working with Dr. Bey is not like a National Geographic special, it is a National Geographic special. If you are interested in a career in archaeology, or just want to experience it, Millsaps and Dr. Bey will provide you opportunities unrivaled in the U.S.

  • Louwanda Evans

    Louwanda Evans

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

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    B.A., M.A., University of Texas-Arlington; Ph.D., Texas A&M University

    Louwanda Evans joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 2012. In the program, Louwanda teaches Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods & Statistics, The Many Dimensions of Poverty, and numerous other courses that focus on social inequality and criminology. Her newest course on poverty is directly connected to the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, an interdisciplinary program housed at Washington & Lee University that focuses on the eradication of poverty. This course also serves as the gateway course through which several Millsaps students enter a summer internship housed throughout the nation.

    Louwanda joined Millsaps because of the great opportunities it offers students to learn and grow though community engagement. Her teaching philosophy is one in which everyone takes responsibility for learning. Her courses center on conceptual discussions in which students engage the material in a way that creates deeper connections between sociological concepts and the real world. At Millsaps, "I have the opportunity to bring students into the local community to understand the connections between our social lives and our social outcomes. " In the classroom, Louwanda believes in the reciprocity of learning and that all students have a voice. "I believe that everyone has a responsibility in the classroom and that all perspectives and voices are valued, not just my voice."

  • Tamar Shirinian

    Tamar Shirinian

    Teaching Fellow in Sociology and Anthropology

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    B.A., University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Duke University

    "I am an anthropologist by training, but my research and teaching draws on queer studies, feminist studies, critical theory and psychoanalysis to think about questions of kinship, power, love, sexuality, sovereignty, and postsocialism (what comes after state socialism). My teaching is based on the philosophy that learning means being vulnerable to new ideas and problems. As such, my teaching is geared toward seeking newer and more questions rather than having any total answers for existing questions.

    "I am currently teaching "Introduction to Anthropology,” which introduces students to the discipline through particular understandings of culture’s inseparability from politics, economy, power and ideology. I am also teaching “Love and Power: The Anthropology of Kinship and State,” where I am interested in looking for the links between what we feel personally and intimately to wider social relations based on disciplining institutions (like the State, the family and the nation). How is it, for example, that we as humans can desire our own subjection? Are we free subjects? What is freedom? How is love a force that subjects us to power? How can we take back this force of love toward other ends? These and other questions will help us disentangle and re-entangle the ways in which love and power are intricately and inseparably linked.

    In Spring 2017 I will also teach “Thinking Sex: Studies of Gender and Sexuality in Culture,” which draws from queer and feminist anthropology as well as theory developed in literature and media studies to understand the social construction of sexual and gender identity and the practices, performatives, and ideologies that inform our understandings of these categories across cultures and histories."

  • Ming Tsui

    Ming Tsui

    Associate Professor of Sociology

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    B.A., Honan Teacher's University, China; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York–Stony Brook

    "I am a sociologist who has been teaching at Millsaps College for 24 years. I teach Introduction to Sociology; Class, Gender, and Race; Urban Life; Globalization and Immigration; Classical Social and Culture Theory; Senior Seminar in Sociology; Freshman Seminar; and several other electives in sociology.

    "Sociology was founded by Auguste Comte, who believed the purpose of science was “to know in order to predict and to predict in order to control.” By studying sociology, I hope my students will know the social world and use such knowledge to build a successful career as well as a meaning life.

    "My research involves marriage and the family, gender, education, employment, and labor migration in China. My research articles and book reviewers have appeared in numerous academic journals."